We all want answers, or reasons or somehow to make sense of the horrific tragedy that happened in Connecticut a few weeks ago.
I don’t know why it happened and neither do you; and even knowing how infinite the evil heart is, it’s hard to understand how a human gets to that point.
But I do know this: a culture that increasingly resists the laws and authority and fear of God will be increasingly subject to lawlessness, tyranny and the fear of man.
It’s embarrassing to hear “intelligent” people suggest that stricter guns laws will curb rampant evil. They won’t. In fact, Connecticut is FIFTH in line of the strictest gun laws in the US.
And even those up in arms (pun intended) about gun laws fight to keep their guns while giving their children to the state…(hat tip to R.C. Sproul, Jr.)
If we are going to talk about reasons and try to address solutions to such crimes as these, let us get closer to the real reasons and solutions.
I see two issues hardly even being addressed that, to me, have more to do with violent crimes than anything: dysfunctional families (and the subsequent impact on children), and allowing our children to be indoctrinated by the religion of humanism (which bears a large responsibility for the dysfuntionality of families).
A separate post (book?) could be written on our responsibility to build up marriage and promote healthy family dynamics, but let me say that the Church has failed miserably at its part. I can’t count how many couples I know personally who are floundering, with deep secret wounds, told by their “shepherding pastor” that he couldn’t help them–he doesn’t “do that kind of counseling”. Men sinning against their wives and children while she sits helplessly–”too messy” for the church to handle. Churches established without accountability or authority (convenient for both parties), and so the same humanism of which I address next has infected the church and rendered us our own gods. Such abdication is utterly deplorable and our judgment has come. It is time we are willing to get our hands dirty, roll up our sleeves and bear one another’s burdens, and fight for families and healthy marriages. The generation we raise is only as healthy as the family that raises it.
Humanism: Teaching Them to be Their Own Gods
I probably get persecuted more than anything for sharing my strong belief that the humanist education taught in government schools is having detrimental effects on our society, and that for Christians, especially, we can hardly reconcile “raising them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” while simultaneously allowing them to be indoctrinated by a false worldview. Some simply don’t believe “humanism” is being taught; others think it’s a harmless worldview with harmless outcomes. Still others think it’s a private affair, while I maintain that the way we raise our children affects us all–as we experience with every tragedy.
Just to be clear, (no matter how nice and wonderful the teachers are) where the law of God is removed as the measure of good and evil, man’s law takes its place (“humanism”). And while we can all agree on what we think is “good and evil”, realistically, and over a period of time, humanism has no benchmark for good and evil, and the “theory of randomness” that accompanies its teaching is breeding ground for human havoc.
The teaching of humanism has DISASTROUS implications, when taken to its fullest extent. Be sure, not all children who grow up with a humanistic education will go on killing sprees; but some will. More importantly, a society that advocates educating its young with an idolatrous worldview contrary to the truth of the Creator will bear the consequences, even if through the hands of the minority. Next time, it could be you and me.
My adversaries would say, “I’m a humanist, and I don’t walk into a school and murder children…I have morals and restraints without God’s law.” Ah, but maybe you do, and still, your standard is not–can not be your neighbor’s. Consider too, killing a child in the womb was once a heinous crime but has now been normalized for our society. We murder children and call it a “right”. It’s barbaric and we call it normal. Humanism doesn’t enforce moral boundaries and so standards of right and wrong constantly morph. Do you think it’s impossible for a society to get to the point of practicing post-born child sacrifice? We’re not that far. And societies in the past have been there and called it “normal”.
Humanism breeds anarchy, eventually. It allows me and you to make our own rules, decide on our own values and issues of importance. Humanism allows me to justify disobedience to God’s standards but in the end, it brings destruction…to myself and to everyone else. We see it on many levels–it results in broken homes, flippancy for the permanency of marriage, devaluing of life–be it criticism for born children (which mothers of more than three endure consistently) or mothers and fathers murdering their own babies for reasons they’ve deemed justifiable to trump another human’s right to life.
And while only the restraining grace of Christ can truly change a man, we read in Scripture about God’s overarching grace over a people or the absence thereof:
“They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator…Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.” Ps. 1:25, 28
We must face up to our inconsistencies. We can either take responsibility for the next generation, educating them with a worldview that places the Creator as authority over life, giving value and purpose and meaning to everything, establishing what is right and wrong, giving us healthy standards for making life choices, or we can continue to overlook the devastating consequences of mass-educating a generation to grow up denying a Creator, thus denying true standards of right and wrong, value and purpose.
If we teach them to be their own gods, we cannot blame them for defining their own measure of morality even if it’s different than ours. Humanism isn’t just a harmless idea; it’s Pandora’s Box, and we will not be held guiltless.